Review – The Killer: Modus Vivendi #3

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The Killer Modus Vivendi 003 CoverHalfway through The Killer: Modus Vivendi and the third issue puts it all out there.  Is Killer such a bad guy after all?  We’re given a lesson in world events and what governments have been complacent in and looked the other way from.

Killer heads to Cuba to check out his next target and makes a decision while he’s there.  It’s a great setting for a comic of this nature and we’re drawn deeper into what drives our main protagonist.

Ordinary People. Cuba. Our Killer is in Havana, his target a special commissioner in charge of the oil business. He begins to suspect that his job is one designed to further US strategic interests, and he begins to wonder at the true identity and motives of his employers.  He begins to play a double game; a dangerous gambit already, complicated further by his Cuban case officer, the beautiful Katia…

The characters, settings and events are so familiar and relatable that the comic feels like an old friend.  But, at the same time I have no idea where it’s going and what to expect next.

A European action thriller at it’s best, this is a must buy.  I know I plan on going back and checking out what’s come out before.  A+ all the way.

Plot: Matz just keeps on impressing me with this series and it’s getting better as it goes along.  Half this issue seems to debate who’s the greater evil, Western Nations of Fidel Castro and is it in human nature to kill?  This is such a good series, I can’t wait to see where else it goes.  Rating: 9.5

Art: Luc Jacamon’s art is beautiful.  The visuals are fantastic and other than the use of panels which I’ve mentioned before, there’s not much to complain about or even nitpick.  Just a gorgeous looking comic book.  Rating: 9

Overall: Is it better for a comic series to get better as it goes along?  The Killer: Modus Vivendi is proving it’s a possibility!  The third issue somehow actually surpasses the two previous excellent issues.  This is a summer must read.  Overall rating: 9.25

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.95     Release: 6/23/2010

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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